Go Global with UBC Sociology

Travel the world and have it count towards your Sociology Degree


Imagine learning about ethnic relations in Australia, attending classes by day and beaches in the evening. Or perhaps imagine studying sociological theory in Japan all while immersing yourself in Japanese culture and tradition. This and more is all possible with UBC’s Go Global study abroad program.

Go Global and the Sociology Department have worked closely together to identify study abroad opportunities for Sociology students.  Study abroad opportunities include: Exchange, Group Study Programs, International Service Learning and more.

Why Go Global as a Part of Your Sociology Degree?


Going Global lets you:

  • explore your Sociology degree from a different perspective and gain access to courses you would not have access to at UBC
  • get an edge in the workforce, as more and more industries value cross-cultural competencies and international experience
  • experience another country as a student and not just a tourist
  • become globally aware, grow and develop as a person, and gain cross-cultural understanding

Go Global Exchange: Where to Start

Go Global has partner universities in over 35 countries, but some of our partners offer programs and courses that will complement and enhance your UBC Sociology degree.  You can explore all of Go Global’s partner institutions by visiting Go Global’s partner pages, or see below for a list of universities that have been recommended by the Sociology Department.  Once you’ve completed your research on available programs, you should submit an application with your top three university choices.

Where to study abroad?

The following list of universities have been identified as recommended exchange institutions by UBC’s Sociology department. They have numerous Sociology courses that have been articulated.



Australia and New Zealand


Continental Europe


United Kingdom


You may also be interested in exploring beyond the listed institutions above. UBC is partnered with over 150 universities worldwide, so there are additional universities that have excellent Sociology courses. You can also take courses abroad to fulfill non-sociology electives or to practice communicating in another language at any of these institutions. You can explore all of Go Global’s partner institutions by visiting Go Global’s partner pages.


Mapping your exchange for your Sociology degree

When should you begin Go Global? How do you Choose courses? How does the Transfer Credit system work?

Study abroad for Sociology majors is recommended for students during your third year, after you have completed your lower-level Sociology requirements (found on the UBC academic calendar). This foundation will allow you to better appreciate differences in sociological perspectives around the world and to cope with any differences in teaching styles that you may encounter Generally, credits taken abroad will contribute to your upper-level Sociology major requirements. However, there are still a variety of credits that may also count towards lower-level requirements.

As an alternative, students may also want to consider taking courses outside your Sociology degree requirements, but which count towards your elective credits.

Students should consider the following prior to exchange abroad:

  • Sociology majors are required to take both SOCI 310 and SOCI 328.
  • Sociology majors are also required to complete 6 credits from SOCI 350, 400, 414 or 415; and 3 credits from SOCI 380, 381, 382 or 383.
  • Majors must also complete at least 15 additional credits of 300-400 level sociology courses.

We would encourage Sociology students to take note of the requirements for all of the Sociology major, minor and honors programs prior to international exchanges.

Below are some guidelines to help you determine if a course abroad is equivalent to a UBC upper year SOCI course:

  • Is the course offered by the Sociology department in the partner university?
  • Does it have a lower level requirement?
  • Is it offered as an upper year course abroad? (Keep in mind that degree structures differ. For example, in the UK, 2nd and 3rd year correspond to UBC’s 3rd and 4th year. In the rest of Europe, the third and final year of the Bachelor corresponds to UBC’s 3rd year while the first year of the masters corresponds to the 4th year of the UBC degree. These are rough parallels but offered here to help you interpret courses abroad).

TIP: Review the Go Global transfer credit database for a list of courses taken abroad that have transferred back as SOCI. You will notice both unassigned (a general SOCI 3rd year credit – 3 credits) or specific credit (ex. SOCI 310). Both types can be used to meet your degree requirements.

Go Global: International Experiences

International Service Learning: SOCI 435 – Partnerships for Participatory Development

UBC’s International Service Learning (ISL) program allows you to contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world. By taking part in our program, you connect your academic studies with real-world experience. ISL fosters meaningful connections with communities around the world and will help you discover the local impact of global issues.


Currently, Go Global and the Sociology department are offering the ISL program “SOCI 435: Partnerships for Participatory Development”. This is an International Service Learning Course that is 6 credits, and that provides an opportunity for students to better understand how applied research can promote social change, in this case by supporting the design, implementation, and assessment of development projects. Although ‘research’ is the focus, this course is not about student as researcher, or about the student’s research project. Rather, this course explores how social research can be employed in international projects for community-based development where collaboration and reciprocal learning are central to the research process. Learning is facilitated through a series of pre- and post-departure seminars and assignments. The seminars are designed to develop not only academic knowledge, but also skills that prepare participants for responsible service work: collaboration, critical reflection, and demonstration of an understanding of the difference between ‘charity’ and work oriented to global justice.


This is an exciting opportunity for students to travel abroad while still earning credits for a UBC course. For more information, see here.

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